Hello all! Sorry for the lapse in blog posts. I have been going 100 mph non-stop it feels like! I finished my hardest semester of dental school with 10 finals in 1.5 weeks, then shipped down to New Jersey where I spent a hectic 3 days catching up with family and friends. Then, for the piece de resistance. I flew down to Costa Rica for official spring break! I actually left and arrived there on Marathon Monday and as soon as I landed and turned on my phone, I immediately received messages of concern, which put me into concerned and panicked mode as I had no idea what was going on and why people were asking me if I were okay. I immediately rushed to a computer and sat in front of it with mixed feelings of guilt, disgust, and distress. I felt so far away from my home, yet it was still so close to me and my heart. For days leading up to Marathon Monday, I kept repeating how I wished I was in Boston for it, but everything happens for a reason, and luckily I was the farthest I could be from Boston and safe.
Prior to finals and even during it, I was able to partake in several Blog and Tweet Boston events! One was a UFX Blogger Class at Boston Sports Clubs. It was referred to as comparable to a “Crossfit” style class and was mainly involved with high intensity interval circuits. I am very familiar with this type of workout thanks to ZuzkaLight and CrossFit so I was excited to take a class and compare and contrast all 3. The two trainers stressed the importance of form and it did almost feel like they were sort of criticizing CrossFit or other methods similar to this style by saying how they focus on form and not doing a million repetitions of a movement. Now I know CrossFit has received some criticism, but from my own personal experience they stress nothing but form as well, especially at Reebok Crossfit Back Bay. I think it all depends on the trainers because there can be bad trainers at good gyms, and good trainers at bad gyms, and every other combo in between. For example, I tried another Crossfit box when I was home in New Jersey and although they went over form in the beginning, the one coach couldn’t keep track of everybody once the workout started, and some people’s forms for the power clean was off. It was painful to watch but it also made me very, VERY appreciative of the great box I go to here in Boston. It is honestly a very high quality box and absolutely worth the money.
Anyhoo, we did a nice warm-up, and then there were a set of about 6 different exercises, and we rotated through all of them with a little rest in between, and we repeated the entire circuit 3 times. We had to count the total number of reps we were doing, but I messed up and forgot to halve my reps for a couple of the moves for the first 2 rounds. It is SO difficult for me to keep count when I’m working out. Typical Stacey. Here are some pics!
Or a lotta pics.
But it was a lot of fun and I got a great workout in! It was a great relief from studying and keeping up with my fitness schedule because I put my CrossFit account on hold due to finals and spring break.
Another event that I decided to join on a whim was the Blog and Tweet Group Run. I decided to run down Commonwealth to Mass Ave. and meet up with the group, and while I was proud of my decision, I quickly realized how cold and freezing it was. My little pullover from Athleta was just not enough to keep the freezing wind out! Brrrrr. I joined the group and we went for a quick mile run over to the hatch shell. Once we got there, there were so many great surprises in store for us! First, a quick stretch by Kendall Covitz from On An Inhale. Then Kendall and @trainerceleste talked about the Wellness by the Water retreat which I will be attending!
Notice how everybody on the left look freezing and the two on the right were cozy with their warm, thick jackets. I was quite envious!
And then the goodies came. Oh yes, lots and lots of goodies.
Can we just stop for a minute and stand in awe of how much free goodies we received?! Two bag-fulls worth actually! I was stunned but that could actually have been the numbness I was feeling throughout my entire body from the cold… @ElizabethEats brought all the Vega goodness and some amazinggggg peanut butter protein balls. The tea and other goodies were from the last Wellness by the Water retreat. I was glad to help them out and take these off their hands! 😛
Overall, I am glad I made the last minute decisions to attend these two events, as I desperately needed a break to clear my head from all the studying I’ve been doing. These two events were well worth it though, especially the Group Run where I got so many free goodies. I love free things!